Obituaries

Roger Dooner
Dooner, Roger age 84, of Mpls., passed away July 31, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, William and Nola Dooner; brothers, Lloyd Irish, William and Charles Dooner; sisters, Charlotte King, Audrey Carhart, Carroll Larson. Survived by wife, Audrey; children, Blane (Julie) of Mpls, Kevin of Circle Pines, Blake of Milaca; sister, Phyllis Leef of Champlin; brother, Richard Dooner of Jacksonville, FL. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. Retired from Soo Line Railroad after 40 years of service. Co-Founder of Dick Haymes Music Society. Private services. Washburn-McReavy.com Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828
From the StarTribune

Remembering Prof. Emerita Ruth Prigozy
One of the World’s Leading Experts on F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Hofstra community is saddened by the passing of Professor Emerita of English Ruth Prigozy. During her 41 years at Hofstra, Dr. Prigozy became one of the world’s leading experts on the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald and a scholar of popular literature and film. She directed or co-directed seven major Hofstra Cultural Center conferences – a record among the Hofstra faculty. Read the Newsday obituary
In a 2012 interview with Hofstra Magazine, Dr. Prigozy stressed the enduring qualities in Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby that have made it an American classic: “One of the most powerful elements of the book is that it’s so reflective of our society – the American dream, the struggle for success. The whole idea of looking for success and feeling that, as Americans, it’s out there for us. … It is very interesting to me how so much of our history is reflected in The Great Gatsby and in Fitzgerald’s own story. Their popularity recurs as we [Americans] have more problems and economic struggles.”
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Ruth Prigozy in 1978

Al Lerner

Al Lerner died peacefully January 19, 2014 at Eisenhower Hospital of Prostate Cancer. His wife of twenty-three years, Jonne', was at his side. He was the last member of the original Harry James Orchestra to die. Al was born in Cleveland, Ohio April 7, 1919. He began piano lessons at the age of five, only to quit and take up tap dancing, and then the drums. Eventually, he returned to the piano. and began his amazing career in music starting at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, Harry James heard him play and age of fifteen. At nineteen, Harry James heard him play and offered him a job on the spot. He didn't take the job, but Harry remembered him and a year later called Al and offered him the job again. Older and wiser, Al accepted and went to New York, remaining an amazing 79 years in show business. He was a composer, arranger, a consummate musician. Al played in every major concert hall in the world, including a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth and years later a private party for Prince Charles and
Princess Diana. He was delighted to oblige when Princess Diana asked him for his autograph. He accompanied all the greatest artists of the Big Band Era, Rosemary Clooney, Dick Haymes, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Helen Forrest, Margaret Whiting and many more. He wrote over two-hundred songs, including "So Until I See You," the closing theme for the Jack Paar Tonight Show. Al's music continues to be heard on current television programs and in movies. His tap dancing came in handy when the band was performing at the Paramount with Ray Bolger. Al became part of the dancing routine with Ray, doing eight shows a day dancing and playing in the orchestra. Al was an avid tennis player, packing his racket before his tuxedo when going on tour. He traveled twenty-seven times to Australia, and became fast friends with Ken Rosewald and Lou Hoad, both Wimbledon Champions. An excellent tennis player, they often asked him to join them; he even won one game against Lou. He was so well known "Down Under," that when he would arrive, the DJ's would say on the radio, Al's back in town, and everyone knew he was there. Al was a wonderful man, his friendships lasted his whole life. He made a point of staying in touch, and always offering a hand to his friends and neighbors in times of trouble. He was funny, had amazing stories to tell, and loved to tell them. He was always the center of attention, but was modest about his enormous talent. Al was a wonderful father, uncle and husband and friend. Al is survived by his wife, Jonne', daughters' Ann Maize, Cecilie Boldt, grandson, Jason Lerner, step children Cynthia and Spencer, and two step-granddaughters, Emma and Sophie Woodman of Pasadena, CA. He was predeceased by his wife of forty-six years, Ruth, in 1986. Al will live on in the hearts of all who loved him... "So Until I See You".

Obituary from the The Desert Sun

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